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Thames cutter crews compete in Port of London Challenge

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Competitors in the Port of London Challenge assembled near the National Theatre on Thursday evening to set off on a 4.4 mile race up the Thames.

Thames cutter crews compete in Port of London Challenge
Thames cutter crews compete in Port of London Challenge
Thames cutter crews compete in Port of London Challenge

The Port of London Challenge is a relatively new addition to the river calendar, having been founded in 1996.

The challenge is rowed over a 4.4 mile course from HQS Wellington – moored between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge – to Chelsea Harbour.

The cutters are crewed by six rowers and a cox. In keeping with tradition, a passenger must be carried.

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